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Vinyl of the Week: Marty Stuart - Way Out West

8 hours ago

I've always been a fan of the Mississippi-born Marty Stuart. The dude can play just about any style of Americana and his latest effort -- Way Out West -- expands his musical universe to include some real tasty surf 'n' twang. Produced by Tom Petty and The Heartbreaker's guitarist Mike Campbell, you know the amps are going to be cranked, but crisp, the playing tight, but not too tight, and the tunes catchy as hell -- not a clunker in the lot. Happy to report you can check all those boxes. Add Marty's "fabulous" backing band, His Fabulous Superlatives, who are just that, and you have the recipe for some real fine ear candy. And let's give props to guitarist Kenny Vaughn who has always been one of Nashville's guitarists guitarists, and as usual he gets to shine. On the surfabilly instrumental "Torpedo" you can frug to the two guitars, »

- Dusty Wright

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The Moviegoer

23 hours ago

Robert Longo: The Destroyer Cycle Metro Pictures Gallery, NYC May 3 - June 17, 2017

Looking at the career of the artist Robert Longo can be a philosophical meditation on style. Style, as opposed to stylization, is a key to understanding Longo’s importance as an artist, both at the beginning of his career with the Men in Cities drawings, through his large charcoal drawings of guns, to his blue-chip Abstract Expressionist paintings, and into this recent, powerful exhibition at Metro Pictures.

A lot of art that we place in the category “Eighties Art” (see this year’s Whitney Biennial, a perfect collection of specimens) rested heavily on stylization, not style. Much of this type of work was paintings that came with pre-fab “movements,” object-sculptures allegedly imbued with some post-modern sensibilities, and, most especially, the adding of “neo-“ before any historical art movement to create a new category. At first, Longo’s »

- bradleyrubenstein

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